Chris Foster hinted at what might be happening with the decision Randall Goforth was facing after separating his right shoulder in the Memphis game when he tweeted on Saturday:
#ucla db randall goforth (shoulder) did not suit up for practice Saturday #pac12— chris foster (@cfosterlatimes) September 20, 2014
Yesterday, the official news was released after practice:
#UCLA DB Randall Goforth to have surgery on both shoulders, out for season @UCLAFootball #pac12 http://t.co/EkZLIawXbk— chris foster (@cfosterlatimes) September 21, 2014
Goforth had previously injured his left shoulder in preseason camp:
Goforth separated his right shoulder against Memphis on Sept. 6. He had previously separated his left shoulder. He will have two surgeries and will likely be out until next fall. He is expected to have his first surgery this week.
Chris Foster continues:
Goforth is one of UCLA's best open-field tacklers, and was fourth on the team with 78 tackles last season.
The medical staff, coaching staff, and Randall were deciding between different options which included resting the shoulder until it was healed. I am glad that they have decided to do what appears in the best long term interest of Randall.
According to Jack Wang, Randall should be eligible for a medical redshirt:
Since Goforth played in fewer than three contests, he should be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he sits out the rest of the season.
We are fortunate to have Jaleel Wadood and Tahaan Goodman who have performed really well this year. Goforth has been incredibly valuable to our defense this year and last, especially in preventing breakout plays.
Again, from Jack Wang:
All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2013, he made seven tackles this season and returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown.
Randall has been a leader on and off the field and I am sure he will continue to work with the other DB's. You can hear him on the preview for The Drive, starting at about the 1:10 mark.
And see him on the field here:
We hope for a speedy recovery and can't wait to see you back on the field Randall.